Sally Kempton is a beloved teacher and writer on meditation, yoga philosophy, and practical Kashmir Shaivism. A former swami in a Vedic tradition, she has spent 45 years practicing and teaching, many of them under the guidance of an enlightened Indian master and his yogini successor. She is the author of two books, Meditation for the Love of It and Awakening Shakti: The Transformative Power of the Goddesses of Yoga, and for ten years wrote the Wisdom column, for YogaJournal. Sally lives in Carmel Valley, California and leads workshops and retreats in studios and conference centers in the US and abroad, and also teaches regular teleclasses.
Sally is known for the depth and maturity of her teachings and meditative transmissions, and for her ability to articulate subtle truths in a way that can be applied in a practical way to life situations. One of her deepest intentions as a teacher is to help students to find their own direct relationship with Shakti, the inner guiding energy or presence that both awakens us and reveals every step on the path.
Meditation, Creative Arts
Jai Uttal is a Grammy nominated pioneer in the world music community. His eclectic east meets-west sound has put his music at the forefront of the world
fusion movement. Jai Uttal’s musical roots embrace a rich variety of cultures and traditions that span the globe and the centuries. From the hillbilly
music of the Appalachian Mountains to the passionate strains of Bengali street singers, from the haunting rhythms and melodies of ancient India to
contemporary electric rock sounds, Jai’s music distills the essence of diverse musical forms.
Yoga & Vinyasa, Kalarippayatu
Gurukaal at CVN Kalari in Kerala, India.
Yoga & Vinyasa
Mark is interested in developing an authentic yoga practice for the individual, based on the teachings of T. Krishnamacharya and his son TKV Desikachar, with whom he enjoyed a relationship for more than twenty years. Mark’s teachings clarify the profound passion and relevance of ancient wisdom to contemporary life.
Mark has taught yoga for over twenty years throughout the US, Asia, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand, and was the editor and contributor to TKV Desikachar’s book The Heart of Yoga.
Movement is life for Shiva Rea, M.A, global Prana Vinyasa teacher, activist, and innovator in the evolution of vinyasa yoga around the world from large-scale
festivals and conferences to unplugged retreats, and is known for offering the synthesis form of Vinyasa Flow bringing the roots of yoga alive for
modern practitioners in creative, dynamic, and life-transforming ways for over 25 years.
She is a pioneer in reviving the art of namaskar through diverse namaskars or salutations as well as developing wave-sequencing, three-part vinyasa to teaching alignment in the flow, energetic alignment, multi-dimensional sequencing, mandala circular wave-sequencing, rasa prana vinyasa, and integrating the creative, spontaneous movement known as “sahaja” in post-modern yoga.
I am a Yoga practitioner and Sanskrit scholar specializing in the tradition of Tantric Shaivism. My research focuses in particular on the ritualized practices of ‘Hatha’ Yoga as originally presented in the earliest surviving (un-translated) Tantras which pre-date the later ‘Hatha Yoga’ manuals by centuries. I hold advanced degrees in Religion and Sanskrit and present seminars internationally on the history, practice, and philosophy of Yoga.
In 2012, I founded the ‘Kashmir Shaivism Preservation Project,’ which seeks to preserve and to freely share the literary legacy of Kashmir Shaivism, To
date I have acquired over 24,000 pages of manuscripts, most of which have never been seen in the west, that span the vast subject range of Philosophy,
Ritual, and Yoga representing the medieval Tantric tradition.
Demetri Velisarius BSW / RYT 200, in his years of experience and skills as a social worker, movement healer and meditation teacher and with influence from his partner yogini Shiva Rea culminated in the creation and development of unique style of yoga called, PranaDandaYoga: A skillful mind~body training method that incorporates a five~foot flexible staff (danda) as a divining rod of alignment interwoven with Prana Flow yoga postures that centers the mind with one pointed concentration and calm abiding.
Demetri is an E-RYT-certified Prana Vinyasa Yoga teacher, AFFA-certified personal trainer and cycling coach and continues his studies with meditation masters in the Tibetan Buddhist and Hindu tradition. He has completed numerous pilgrimages and retreats over the past 20 years including a cloistered 108 day Tibetan yoga and silent meditation retreat with Lama Willa Baker. Demetri is dedicated to the living dharma and his teachings are drawn from his varied life experiences from the authenticity of the streets to wisdom of mountain retreats.
Nubia Teixeira, a certified Ashtanga Yoga teacher, Thai Yoga massage practitioner, and Reiki master, began began teaching yoga in her home country of Brazil in 1990, and in the United States in 2001. She has trained in all aspects of yoga practice and philosophy, including in-depth studies of Hindu mythology and archetypes, singing, bhakti dance, Tibetan Buddhist traditional prayers, meditations, self-healing practices, and the art of Odissi dance in the tradition of Madhavi Mudgal.
Creative Arts: Hoop Vinyasa
A lifelong dancer-scientist-yogini-mystic, yoga found Michelle at age 15 and transformed her world. Today Michelle is certified Prana VinyasaTM E-RYT 500+, on her way to a Professional 1008hr Certification, as well as an Advanced Certified AcroYoga teacher, Thai Yoga Therapist, creator of Vinyasa of the Hoop & Circle Sadhana, and a pioneer in the global Hoopdance movement.
The perfection of the Universe revealed itself through her dance with the circle, the Hoop, which merged her lifetime love of math, geometry, and patterns of flow, the varied skills of her physical training, the sensitivity of awareness cultivated in yogic practice, with a playful and infinitely creative tool for ecstatic embodiment. In love at first spin in 2006, Nayeli is still in awe of the hoop’s power as a personal practice to transform emotions, empower our authentic selves, and open up new pathways of movement expression. A pioneer of the form, Michelle is a leading teacher in the still growing hoop community, uniquely weaving in yoga, biomechanics and philosophy into offering the hoop as a personal sādhana (spiritual practice).
Shiva Kumar is a re-known astrologer and pujari from South India. He has been under the guiding light of several spiritual masters and has himself spent over 15 years as an ascetic. He has been awarded the special distinction title of Jotish Ratna in the field of Astrology and holds a master degree in Philosophy and Religion.
As a traditional pujari he has been performing mass poojas across India where over 5000 people would attend each ceremony. He has travelled to many places across the world including Japan and America for Satsangs (group discussions, questions and answers about Knowledge), Astrology consultations and poojas (individual and mass poojas) helping people of all religions find remedies to their problems.
Well-versed in the Shastras and abiding by the strict dharma code of confidentiality as a professional astrologer, he provides at the same time the inspiring insight and the helping hand in the face of difficulties.
Maria E Garré, M.Ed, ERYT 500
Ayurvedic Yoga Therapist + Ayurvedic Practitioner + Prana Vinyasa Instructor
A sought after teacher, educator and innovator in the field of yoga + ayurveda, Maria delivers practical and inspirational information that is accessible to all. She brings together over 20 years of experience in biomedical sciences, philosophy, yoga and ayurveda to not only train yoga and ayurvedic practitioners world-wide, but to also lead workshops and rejuvenating retreats. She has been on faculty for the world renowned Ayurvedic Institute, is an Ambassador for Banyan Botanicals, serves on the standards committee for NAMA and is a guest instructor for several certification programs worldwide. Devoting more then 10 years of study with her root teachers Vasant Lad and Shiva Rea, Maria has created transformational programs through her Live in Balance courses and wellness consultations.
For more information you can find her at www.mariagarre.com.
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Ayuryoga: Energy & Balance For All Video Series
Ayuryoga: VPK Basics Booklet
“To Live in Balance is the One Practice for Life” - MANTRA Magazine
Music & Creative Arts
Master musician Benjy Wertheimer is an award-winning songwriter, vocalist, composer, and multi-instrumentalist (playing tabla, congas, percussion, esraj,
guitar, and keyboards). His extraordinary and unique musical gifts from East and West create a sense of wonder and awe in the listener. In addition
to touring with Shantala, Benjy is a founding member of the sacred music ensemble The Hanumen (including Gaura Vani, John De Kadt, and Visvambhar Sheth
of the Mayapuris) and has toured and produced two CDs with them since 2009. Benjy has toured and recorded with such artists as Krishna Das, Deva Premal
& Miten, Jai Uttal, Walter Becker (Steely Dan), and virtuoso guitarist Michael Mandrell. He has opened for such artists as Carlos Santana, Paul
Winter, and Narada Michael Walden. A founding member of the internationally acclaimed Ancient Future world fusion music ensemble, Benjy also toured
the U.S., Canada, and Japan with renowned bamboo flute master G.S. Sachdev. He studied Indian classical music for over 25 years with some of the greatest
masters of that tradition (including Alla Rakha, Zakir Hussain, Ali Akbar Khan and Z. M. Dagar). Benjy has produced 17 CDs since 2000, which receive
extensive airplay around the world, and his CD Circle of Fire went to #1 on the New Age radio charts.
Music & Creative Arts
Music & Creative Arts
Dr. Alex Theory is a renowned entertainment industry producer, media pioneer, and wellness expert. He specializes in the psychological and physiological
impact of music/visuals upon the human nervous system. During his career Dr. Theory has produced numerous events, albums, films, television shows,
and worked with clients such as Cirque du Soleil, Google, iTunes, MGM, ABC Television, Lucas Arts, PBS, Sting, Black Eyed Peas, Elton John, Alanis
Morissette, and many others. In addition to producing media & live events, he enjoys conducting research, writing music, and lecturing at conferences/festivals
around the world. Currently, Dr. Theory is a Governor on the board of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (Grammys®).
Music & Creative Arts